Since the release of the first film of the epic “space opera” back in 1977, Star Wars has become a cult franchise with a massive global following of fans both young and old. It is one of the most widely used pop culture references all over the world and holds the Guiness World Records title for “most successful film merchandising franchise”.
A variety of different merchandise has been available to fans of the franchise since the very beginning, but since Disney bought it from Lucas Film in 2012, even more options have become readily available to those who wish to showcase their fandom with pride. From phone cases to pyjamas, Star wars hats to flip flops, there is something out there for the casual fans through to the most dedicated die-hards of the lot.
T-Shirts, Hoodies, Accessories and More
When looking at the incredible collection of Star Wars merchandise on the market, it is easy to see that the creators are well aware of the franchise’s cult standing with its fans. Almost anything you can think of can be purchased with a Star Wars theme. Direct from Disney themselves it is even possible to buy Star Wars themed homeware, including a toaster, slow cooker and a one cup coffee maker.
T-shirts and hoodies will most likely remain the most popular form of merchandise for years to come, and there is a tonne of variations out there for people to choose from to add to their wardrobes. Fans can easily upgrade their outfits with Star Wars accessories, such as sunglasses, watches, umbrellas, luggage, backpacks – even a subtle pair of Darth Vader cufflinks for when the time comes to dress smart, but the allure of the Dark Side must be shown.
Star Wars Hats
One of the ways for fans to broadcast their love for Star Wars, which has been rapidly increasing in popularity over recent years, is through funky and stylish headwear. Companies such as New Era, as well as Disney themselves, have brought out a massive assortment of Star Wars hats in recent years, and they are easily one of the most fashionable and accessible forms of merchandise. They come in a variety of styles including beanies, dad caps, snapbacks and fitted caps, so Star Wars fans can decide on the style that best suits them.
Choosing hats as a form of merchandise strays away from the standard and most common merchandise – t-shirts – but still allows for a large array of design characteristics that can be played with. Many hats simply feature the Star Wars logo, while others have pun filled slogans or movie quotes, and some feature an all over print designed to emulate characters, such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, the Praetorian Guard and the Storm Troopers themselves, fans have the ability to represent their most loved icons in the trendiest way. Companies are continually releasing new styles, designs and collections which are, more often than not, limited edition, so it is crucial to keep an eye out for the latest releases in order to grab yourself one of the highly sought-after pieces.